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First Line: Where are they, those green fairy islands
Last Line: For the guide to those realms of the blessed is death.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Druids; Superstition; Wales; Druidism; Welshmen; Welshwomen


WHERE are they, those green fairy islands, reposing
In sunlight and beauty on ocean's calm breast?
What spirit the things which are hidden disclosing,
Shall point the bright way to their dwellings of rest?
Oh! lovely they rose on the dreams of past ages,
The mighty have sought them, undaunted in faith;
But the land hath been sad for her warriors and sages,
For the guide to those realms of the blessed is death.

Where are they, the high-minded children of glory,
Who steered for those distant green spots on the wave?
To the winds of the ocean they left their wild story,
In the fields of their country they found not a grave.
Perchance they repose where the summer-breeze gathers
From the flowers of each vale immortality's breath;
But their steps shall be ne'er on the hills of their fathers --
For the guide to those realms of the blessed is death.





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